Twipper of the Week: Kristin Luna from Camels & Chocolate.
Current city: Nashville, Tennessee
Total countries visited: I’ve always been more focused on collecting experiences rather than passport stamps; however, I know the number is upward of 100 as I lived in Europe on two different occasions, making it easy to cover a lot of ground at once, and also have worked on the communications team for four different voyages with Semester at Sea, which was a great way to discover a lot of the world I wouldn’t necessarily see by land.
What makes you interesting? I’ve been working in the media for more than a decade, so I share a good amount of insight about the journalism/magazine world, but also write a lot about attainable travel. I’ve never been a permanent nomad—nor is that anything I want out of life, while it’s a great existence for many—so I like to show others that you can balance a career, a family and a home with steady travel, whether it’s weekend road trips from your own town or far-flung international vacations.
What does “Travel” mean to you? Travel isn’t about how far you go, but rather what you make—and get out—of that experience.
What is your favorite app to use during your travels? I mainly use my phone for photography and Instagram, so I’m a big fan of Snapseed and VSCO for post-processing images.
Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling? Part of my “day job” includes interviewing celebrities, which range from Tom Hanks to Steven Tyler to Taylor Swift, so I’ve met my share of colorful personalities, both on the road and at home. However, the ones that stick out in my mind are the relationships that have developed by chance occurrences, the most meaningful being Ellen, a Norwegian I met on a flight from Iceland to New York nearly a decade ago who has become one of my dearest friends despite an ocean separating us physically.
What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip? Multiple cameras! As part of the flashpacker generation, I love to document everything I see, and you never know when technology might fail you. On any given trip, I likely have my iPhone, at least one GoPro model, my Canon DSLR and maybe even a smaller point and shoot.
What is the furthest northern, southern, eastern, and western point you have traveled? West, I went to the Cook Islands several years ago, and it remains one of my favorite trips to date. East would be New Zealand, though I’ve also visited Australia and Tasmania on a couple different occasions. I still have yet to check Antarctica off the list, so South Africa and Brazil would be my southernmost jaunts. And I’m lucky enough to have traveled on an expedition boat up to the Arctic Circle, so I have gone as far north as the 80 degree parallel!
Next travel destination: I’m heading to one of my favorite U.S. cities, Charleston, for my sister’s engagement party, then off on a dive trip to Aruba and Bonaire with friends the following week.